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Thursday, 15 December 2016 03:58

What are some interesting Toastmasters High Performance Leadership project ideas for outside of the organization?

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A Leader is someoneTamala Takahashi has provided some interesting suggestions and a good general overview. I don’t think I can add anything of value to her list. I can take it in a slightly different direction though.

When it comes to HPLs I have seen members take the easy route and do a minimal amount of work to get credit for the project. And I have seen members take on more challenging projects that have stretched their abilities past their comfort zones and beyond.

I’m a believer in the latter. I’m also a believer that these HPLs are a great opportunity to undertake a project that has social value i.e. they benefit society as a whole or perhaps a challenged segment, rather than the leaders themselves.

In every community, there are likely countless non-profit organizations or causes that could benefit from some extra help.

As an example, one of my work colleagues wanted to do something about poverty in Rwanda but as a non-Christian, she didn’t want to get involved with a faith-based charity. She approached her like-minded friends, convincing them of her idea and then they approached the original faith-based charity and said “Here we are. How can we help?”

Then they rallied their small community behind them by holding events to raise money for the cause. The money went directly overseas and put into the hands of the people that needed it.

This wasn’t an HPL project, nor was my co-worker a Toastmaster, but consider the idea from a Toastmasters perspective. You develop a team of people (workers) that believe in your project. You enrol a Guidance Committee of several experienced Toastmasters that are more experienced than you or have specific experience in your project.

There are likely lots of ideas that would fit the criteria for completing a socially beneficial HPL project. One of the challenges will be in considering the scope of the project. Will it be a one-of? Or will it be repeatable and sustainable in the long run with a different set of leaders?

Good luck with your project and thanks for the question!

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